Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability

Duration0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCM37
First-year fee
$8,160 cspifyf
$14,529 dffpifyf
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places, meaning you may be eligible for significant fee savings.
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Learn to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and adopt creativity and design thinking approaches to drive innovation and address sustainability challenges within the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, with CQUni's Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability. Building on a foundation of business theory, and the core values of sustainability, this course will equip you with the entrepreneurial competency to identify and act upon new business opportunities and innovations in a sustainable and ethical manner. 

Entrepreneurship and innovation are crucial components in society's move towards sustainable development. The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability allows you to acquire academically rigorous knowledge of contemporary sustainable management principles and practices while gaining practical, transferable skills that support you in your entrepreneurship and innovation ambitions.

During this course you will experience a variety of perspectives, learning activities, and management tools that help you develop entrepreneurial, innovation-focused thinking. This experience will allow you to appreciate the crucial role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in the effort to address sustainability challenges. Building on a foundation of business theory, and the core values of sustainability, the course equips graduates with entrepreneurial competency to identify and act upon new business opportunities and innovations in a sustainable and ethical manner. The concept of sustainability, viewed through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), further adds to your capacity for becoming agents of change in and beyond business. 

As a leader in online education, and with more than 40 years experience delivering distance education, benefit from the flexibility to study this course online, part-time.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability focuses on building knowledge, skills and mindset required to address sustainability challenges through entrepreneurial and innovative endeavours across the corporate, government and third (not-for-profit) sectors. Since sustainability affects all facets of the business world, the learning and experience from this course can be applied to new start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large organisations. Specifically, students may seek employment in:

  • Consulting and advising on entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability
  • Design and management of sustainability projects
  • New venture development
  • Corporate innovation and intrapreneurship
  • Social incubator and technological innovation, support services to new ventures, in Not-For-Profit and SME sectors

Structure & Availability

Course Structure

You are required to complete three core units and one elective.

Unit Information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit Transfer Information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Full-time and Part-time Studies

If you choose to start your studies in Term 1, you can study either full- or part-time. If you commence in Term 2 or Term 3 the course is only available part-time.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.


Recommended study


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification; or
  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Diploma qualification; with a minimum of two years relevant business experience*; or
  • A minimum of five years relevant professional business experience*.

Work Experience Definitions

*Relevant professional business experience must include direct, personal involvement in decision-making responsibility in a range of areas such as budgeting, marketing, HRM, staffing, project management, financial management, process management, or other relevant professional experience.

Professional experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.



You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,160
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$14,529

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is four units over one term for a graduate certificate or eight units over two terms for a graduate diploma or masters degree). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth supported places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course, you may be eligible for significant fee savings. If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees. Find out more about CSP eligibility criteria.

Government assistance and HELP loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.  Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy.  Simply visit to create one.

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